ROMANCE

The Marriage Game

Berkley Jove. Jun. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780593100561. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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DEBUT Layla Patel has recently moved back home after hitting rock bottom in both her professional and her personal life. As she starts her own business in the office above her parents’ restaurant, she finds that her father has already leased it to someone else. Layla gets another surprise when she learns that her father has also created an online dating profile for her in hopes of finding her someone special. To start over and avoid making the same mistakes from her past relationships, Layla agrees to meet each of the men on her father’s list. Sam Mehta has recently relocated his redundancy business to the office above the restaurant that Layla’s family owns. At first, Sam and Layla are at odds with each other, but that changes when Sam agrees to be a chaperone with Layla’s ten suitors. What starts as a tumultuous cohabitation of the office turns into the possibility of much more.
VERDICT This witty and delightful story about family, forgiveness, and letting go is utterly satisfying. Desai’s first book will be a hit with fans of Sonya Lalli’s The Matchmaker’s List.

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